Beef Science Technology

Three male students stand outside with their instructor who is holding onto a beef cow by a harness.

Beef Science Technology

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 73

Location: Calmar

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer


The beef industry is a tremendous force in the world of food production. Beef is currently a highly valued food product that supports a highly technical and diversified industry. Northeast Iowa Community College provides the opportunity for students to learn skills that will prepare them to be contributing members of this rapidly changing industry. Career options include: beef procuring specialists, feed and nutrition consultants, cattle ranchers, feedlot managers, positions working with/at veterinary clinics, industry jobs with AI firms, meat processors or beginning producers developing their own beef
producing enterprises.

This program provides hands-on experience that enables students to be successful in today's beef industry. The state-of-the-art Beef Science Education Center offers students the opportunity to interact with cattle in a safe and efficient cattle handling system. The program offers a diversified education on many topics such as genetics, reproduction, nutrition, feeding, health and financial management. Along with the many experiences on campus, students have the opportunity to participate in field trips to many successful cattle operations and beef industry businesses both in Iowa and around the country. Students also have the opportunity to take part in quality internships that provide a wealth of knowledge and exposure to successful beef industry professionals.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGB:330 Farm Business Management 3.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry¹ 2.0
AGS:226 Beef Cattle Science 3.0
AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0
AGS:244 Applied Animal Disease Prevention and Treatment 2.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


Term 2
AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0
AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:251 Beef Production Management 3.0
AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0
AGS:334 Applied Reproductive Techniques 2.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


Term 3
AGS:830 Beef Production Internship 2.0


Term 4
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy² 3.0
AGB:336 Agriculture Selling 3.0
AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0
AGS:252 Fall Beef Cattle Science Lab 2.0
AGS:353 Animal Genetics 3.0
AGS:354 Applied Animal Selection and Improvement 2.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0


Term 5
AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
AGS:253 Spring Beef Cattle Science Lab 2.0
AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0
AGS:326 Applied Ration Balancing and Feeding 2.0
AGS:944 Issues Facing Animal Science 1.0
* Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
* Science Elective (transfer-level) 3.0

This Associate of Applied science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective from the areas listed above is required.


Psychology Elective:  PSY:112 recommended
Science Elective: BIO:248 recommended

Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking the following at your high school:
¹Animal Science
²Crop Science

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Employment Information

With an annual income range of $26,526 - $42,950 and a projected growth of 5.9%, the career outlook for Beef Science Technology graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Postsecondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club


Dairy Center, Cow-Calf Facilities, Feedlot


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Nate Gebel
Beef Science Technology Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 105

Dan Lane
Agriculture Science Instructor
563.562.3263, ext. 132